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Tokyo 2020 Bid Backed by Public, Singing Prime Minister

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe burst into song this week as his three-month-old government renewed a pitch for the 2020 Olympic Summer Games, boosted by a leap in public support for the project.

The International Olympic Committee’s evaluation panel inspected Japanese facilities and plans, attended a gala dinner with Abe and received an invitation to visit Crown Prince Naruhito. An IOC poll released this week showed support for the bid in the city had soared to 70 percent, compared with 47 percent last May.